Conference on Valency Classes in the World's Languages

Date: April 14-17th, 2011

Venue: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig (Deutscher Platz 6, Leipzig; 4th floor seminar room)

Registration closed.

Our conference will be open to the public, so if you wish to attend it you are welcome to do so. (In case you're wondering whether you've missed a call for papers: you have not. All our presenters have been especially invited by us.)


There is no registration fee in the strict sense, however, if you wish to eat lunch with us, you will be charged a small fee for this (to be payable upon arrival). The exact amount remains yet to be calculated, but it should be around 15 EUR per person for the two lunches (Friday & Saturday). We are also organizing a city walking tour on Sunday after the conference, if you would like to join us for this you can do so (this will cost between 6 and 10 EUR per person, depending on how many people will participate.)

If you would like to attend our conference, please send an e-mail to iren_hartmann[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign <<<] and cschmidt [>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign <<<] before March 31st, providing us with the following information :

This conference is co-sponsored and co-funded by the Linguistic Dynamics Science Project (LingDy) of the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa (ILCAA), and by the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NINJAL).

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Thursday, April 14th

Early Bird Meeting:
19:00 DINNER downtown @ Alte Nikolaischule


Friday, April 15th

09:00-09:30 Coffee & Registration
09:30-09:45 Welcoming words and important announcements (Andrej Malchukov & Iren Hartmann)
Chair Martin Haspelmath
09:45-10:15 Andrej Malchukov: "Leipzig Valency Classes Project: Goals and Research Questions"
10:15-10:30 Martin Haspelmath: "The challenge of tabulating language structure"
10:30-10:45 Iren Hartmann: "Micro-role landscapes - preliminary results from a cross-linguistic comparison"
10:45-11:05 Søren Wichmann: "Semantic patterns underlying syntactic alternations cross-linguistically"
11:05-11:30 Discussion
11:30-12:00 Coffee break
12:00-13:00 Plenary I – Beth Levin:
"Verb classes within and across languages"
13:00-14:30 Lunch break (MPI cafeteria)
  ASIA (2nd floor lecture hall)
AFRICA (4th floor seminar room)
Chair Martin Haspelmath Iren Hartmann
14:30-15:00 Anna Bugaeva:
"Valency Classes in Ainu"
Denis Creissels:
"Valency properties of Mandinka verbs"
15:00-15:30 Hideki Kishimoto & Taro Kageyama:
"Valency Classes in Japanese I: Standard Language"
Ronald Schaefer:
"Valency Classes in Emai"
15:30-16:00 Kan Sasaki:
"Valency Classes in Japanese II: Dialects"
[handout] [presentation]
Joseph Atoyebi:
"Valency Classes in Yorùbá"
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:00 Bingfu Lu et al.:
"Valency Classes in Mandarin Chinese"
Martina Ernszt, Alena Witzlack-Makarevich & Tom Güldemann:
"Valency Classes in N|uu"
17:00-17:30 tba. Csilla Kász:
"Valency Classes in Modern Standard Arabic"

19:00 DINNER downtown @ Indian Garden



Saturday, April 16th

  (SE) ASIA & AUSTRALIA (2nd floor lecture hall) AMERICAs (4th floor seminar room)
09:00-10:00 Plenary II – Christian Lehmann:
"Situation types, valency frames and operations"
Chair Andrej Malchukov Søren Wichmann
10:00-10:30 Robert Schikowski et al.:
"Valency Classes in Chintang"
[handout] [presentation]
Osahito Miyaoka:
"Valency Classes in Central Alaskan Yupic Eskimo"
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:30 Sebastian Nordhoff:
"Coding frames in Sri Lanka Malay"
Honore Watanabe:
"Valency classes in Sliammon Salish"
11:30-12:00 David Gil:
"Valency Classes in Jakarta Indonesian"
Iren Hartmann:
"Valency Classes in Hoocąk"
12:00-12:30 Ketut Artawa & Masayoshi Shibatani (presented by David Gil):
"Valency Classes in Balinese"
Mercedes Tubino, Jesús Villalpando &
Zarina Estrada Fernandez:
"Valency Classes in Yaqui"
12:30-13:00 Eva Schultze-Berndt:
"Complex verbs, simple alternations: valency classes and alternations in Jaminjung"
Eric Campbell:
"Valency Classes in Zenzontepec Chatino"
13:00-14:00 Lunch break (MPI cafeteria)
14:00-15:00 Plenary III – Tasaku Tsunoda (presented by Yo Matsumoto):
"The hierarchy of two-place predicates: its limitations and uses"
Chair David Gil Iren Hartmann


Nicholas Evans:
"Valency Classes in Nen"
Christian Lehmann:
"Valency in Yucatec Maya"
15:30-16:00 Coffee break


Claire Moyse-Faurie:
"Valency classes in Xârâcùù (New Caledonia)"
Frank Seifart:
" Valency Classes in Bora"


Zarina Molochieva & Alena Witzlack-Makarevich
"Valency Classes in Chechen"
Fernando Zúñiga:
"Valency Classes in Mapudungun"

19:00 CONFERENCE DINNER @ Don Camillo & Peppone



Sunday, April 17th

Chair Søren Wichmann Andrej Malchukov
09:00-09:30 Bernard Comrie & Zaira Khalilova:
"Valency Classes in Bezhta"
Jóhanna Barðdal:
"Icelandic Valency Classes: Oblique Subjects, Oblique Ambitransitives and the Impersonal Passive"
09:30-10:00 Michael Daniel & Victoria Khurshudyan:
"Transitive Prototype and Deviations in Armenian Verb System"
[handout] [presentation]
Michela Cennamo:
"Intransitive alternations in Italian and the semantics of predicates"
10:00-11:00 Plenary IV – Cliff Goddard:
"Semantic templates, verb classes, and alternations"
11:00-11:30 Coffee break
Chair Bernard Comrie
11:30-13:00 Discussion & Announcements

13:00 LUNCH downtown

15:00 City Walking Tour

19:00 DINNER downtown @ Auerbachs Keller


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Getting to Leipzig

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